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NYC Otter Creek Relaunch

Posted by: on Feb 2, 2010 | No Comments

There’s no better time than Big Beer Month for Vermont’s Otter Creek Brewing Company – who make the amazing Stovepipe Porter – to launch their new imperial series. Otter Creek recently hired Dogfish Head brewer Mike Gerhart as their new brewmaster and he has crafted three big beers (10% – 12% ABV) brewed in smaller batches with unique yeast strains and extended aging. The new beers, Russian Imperial Stout, Oak-Aged Imperial IPA, and Quercus Vitis Humulus, are a departure from the standard Otter Creek line of classic brews and a nod towards what’s happening now in progressive craft beer.

This week, Brewmaster Mike Gerhard is in New York City to help launch the brand at nine of the city’s finest bars. You can get the full list of pubs over on BeerMenus.com but only a few will offer all three new beers. To keep your mid-week bar crawling to a minimum, check out Rattle ‘n’ Hum (Feb 2nd), Blind Tiger Ale House (Feb 3rd), Valhalla (Feb 3rd), and Amity Hall (Feb 4th) as all of these will cary the Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA, and QVH.

Here are the three Imperial Series bottle labels and descriptions:

“We brewed this beer with double the malts and four times the hops of regular stouts! Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout clocks in around 10% ABV- a beer to be savored responsibly. True to style, this beer will last for years so you may want to stock up on a few bottles for your cellar while it’s available.”

“The fruity and citrusy hop aroma intermingles perfectly with an assertive malty backbone. Our brewers added a generous supply of hops to this brew throughout the entire process to provide an enormous hop flavor and balance the elevated alcohol content.”

“QVH is our brewers’ tribute to the mighty oak, luscious grape, and humble hop. The homage begins with a bold 27 degree plato barley-wine, warm-fermented with Bohemian lager yeast, then blended with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice and fermented a second time with a pure culture of Champagne yeast. When this intricate brew was complete, our brewers aged it on lightly toasted French Oak. The six week journey through our brewery results in a deeply complex ale which clocks in at 12% ABV, with 38 IBU.”

Updates from Rattle N Hum

Updates from Rattle N Hum

Posted by: on Dec 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

I spend a lot of time at Rattle n Hum (a lot of time). Often the home of my weekly @boozeytuesday outing, within a year they have quickly gained respect as one of the best craft beer bars in New York City and – yeah, I’ll say it – the best beer bar in midtown Manhattan. As the year wraps up, 2010 is looking like a big year for the crew over on 33rd Stree. Here’s an abridged update to their update. Look for lots of these events on our NYC beer events calendar soon and check their blog for more details:

R’N’H Beer Clubs
Simply drink through 40 different types of beer in a month to get into Rattle n Hum’s new Mug Club. You’ll get a mug with your name engraved on it, $1 off beers for the rest of the year, and access to special brews throughout the year. My mug club adventure is set to start January 5th. If anyone wants to get down with a group Mug Club adventure then let me know.

Beer Miles Program Update
New Beer Miles cards are in (hopefully including mine) and these work just like frequent flyers. Get 50 miles for each beer you drink and then redeem them for free stuff throughout the year. Sign up with a waitress or bartender and get something back for growing that winter beer belly.

New Food Menu
The mythical new food menu will be up in a week or two. Hopefully those battered shrimp will finally make an appearance I can finally get chili and cheese on my fries!

Upcoming Events
Here’s what’s happening over the next few months at Rattle N Hum

December 31st – New Years Eve bash
January 5th – Bluepoint Night
January 12th – Goose Island Night (meet Greg on the 13th)
January 19th – King Of Kings County (Brooklyn v Kelso v Sixpoint)
January 26th – Weyerbacher Night
February 2nd – Otter Creek & Wolavers Relaunch Party
February 9th – A very special Brewery arrives!!
February 16th – Start of Sour week!
February 23rd – Magic Hat Night
March 1st – Belgian Week Starts
March 9th – Erie Brewery Week
March 17th – St. Paddy’s Day!
March 23rd – Dick’s Brewery Week

Stone Look to Open Brewery in Europe

Posted by: on Dec 22, 2009 | No Comments

Stone to open a Brewery in Europe? from stonebrew on Vimeo.

The arrogant bastards over at Stone Brewing Co. are apparently looking into opening a brewery over in Europe. While the idea is still a bit green and definitely not solidified, this is awesome for a two reasons. First, it opens up American craft beer to the global community (and thus starts creating the global craft beer community). Also, it is an obvious solution to the terrible environmental impact of shipping beer ingredients from Europe to the States just to ship the beer back to Europe. I can’t wait to see where this one goes.

(tipped via beernews.org)